Who, What, Why, When, Where and How…

The concept of a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” may sound like a cliché. Yet going to the United States for the 14th Transatlantic Symposium has certainly been so. A group of students, who prior to the trip had never been to the US, and their department professor Dr Tomasz Basiuk, embarked on a journey which they will…

Mission San Diego de Alcalá

The first stop in San Diego, and the very first encounter of many further contrasting narratives we have encountered, was Mission San Diego de Alcalá. California’s first mission was founded in 1769 by a Franciscan priest, Junípero Serra. The story of the San Diego Mission, which was handed out to us in the form of…

Chicano Park

Next, we headed to the one of San Diego’s streets to look at murals created by the Chicano community as a form of their protest. The “street art gallery” of Chicano resistance is a 7.9 acre park located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan, which is a predominantly Mexican American and Mexican-immigrant community in…

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Another crucial element of our trip was experiencing the American flora and fauna, and the first location was Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Located within San Diego city limits, Torrey Pines remains one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast. Through the efforts of the people in this area, 2,000 acres…